Weekly Reading :: 7.20.14

On July 19, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 7  (Focus on 24-27)
Monday Acts 27  (Focus on 21-26)
TuesdayActs 28  (Focus on 1-6)
Wednesday2 Corinthians 5  (Focus on 15-21)
ThursdayPsalm 119:9-48 (Focus on 11)
FridayProverbs 3 (Focus on 5-8)
SaturdayGalations 5 (Focus on 19-22)

How can I relate to a God who sets sexual boundaries and guidelines that just don’t fit in today’s world?

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Memorize/Reflect:
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the wonder and beauty of His creation, including both men and women, made in His image! Pray for a clear and biblical understanding of sexuality that honors God. Ask God for strength and self-control so that you might express your sexuality in a way that honors Him and brings you the greatest joy.

“Live It!” Challenge – Guarding My Eyes:
Over the next month, pay close attention to everything you let enter your heart and mind…through your eyes. What do you watch on TV? What kind of movies do you watch? What do you view online? Where do your eyes wander as you walk through a normal day? When you find yourself viewing things that don’t lead to purity and that do not honor God, guard your eyes, cut off the source, and stop viewing these things.

Growth Group Discussion: 

          1. What are some of the attitudes toward sexuality that are changing rapidly in our culture and society? What messages about sexuality are being reinforced by the media?
          2. Read:  Genesis 1:27-28 and 31. God invented sexuality (male and female) as well as sexual intimacy (becoming one flesh). How does God view sexuality? How should we view God’s plan of making men and women and what are ways we can affirm and celebrate God’s gift of sexuality in the church and in Christian homes
          3. Read:  Proverbs 5:15-23. In this passage, the image of fresh water is used to paint a picture of sexuality. Remember, these words were written I a place that was very dry and arid. What warnings are given in Proverbs 5 about our sexuality? Why are these warning important?
          4. What affirmations are given about sexuality in Proverbs 5 and why are they important for us to hear today?
          5. Read:  1 Corinthians 6:12-17. In this passage, the Apostle Paul quotes a saying that was popular in Corinth in the first century… “I have the right to do anything.” He is not affirming this quote, but challenging it. How do you see our culture echoing this same quote when it comes to sexuality today, “I have the right to do anything?”
          6. In this passage, we are taught that our body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord. How can repetitive sexual sin damage our relationship with Jesus? How can our sexual choices change when we see our body as belonging to the Lord?
          7. Read:  1 Corinthians 6:18-20. What are specific and practical ways we can “Flee from sexual immorality?”
          8. What are specific and practical ways we can seek to “honor God with our bodies?”

 

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 7  (Focus on 24-27)
Monday Acts 27  (Focus on 21-26)
TuesdayActs 28  (Focus on 1-6)
Wednesday2 Corinthians 5  (Focus on 15-21)
ThursdayPsalm 119:9-48 (Focus on 11)
FridayProverbs 3 (Focus on 5-8)
SaturdayGalations 5 (Focus on 19-22)

How can I relate to a God who sets sexual boundaries and guidelines that just don’t fit in today’s world?

View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect:
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the wonder and beauty of His creation, including both men and women, made in His image! Pray for a clear and biblical understanding of sexuality that honors God. Ask God for strength and self-control so that you might express your sexuality in a way that honors Him and brings you the greatest joy.

“Live It!” Challenge – Guarding My Eyes:
Over the next month, pay close attention to everything you let enter your heart and mind…through your eyes. What do you watch on TV? What kind of movies do you watch? What do you view online? Where do your eyes wander as you walk through a normal day? When you find yourself viewing things that don’t lead to purity and that do not honor God, guard your eyes, cut off the source, and stop viewing these things.

Growth Group Discussion: 

          1. What are some of the attitudes toward sexuality that are changing rapidly in our culture and society? What messages about sexuality are being reinforced by the media?
          2. Read:  Genesis 1:27-28 and 31. God invented sexuality (male and female) as well as sexual intimacy (becoming one flesh). How does God view sexuality? How should we view God’s plan of making men and women and what are ways we can affirm and celebrate God’s gift of sexuality in the church and in Christian homes
          3. Read:  Proverbs 5:15-23. In this passage, the image of fresh water is used to paint a picture of sexuality. Remember, these words were written I a place that was very dry and arid. What warnings are given in Proverbs 5 about our sexuality? Why are these warning important?
          4. What affirmations are given about sexuality in Proverbs 5 and why are they important for us to hear today?
          5. Read:  1 Corinthians 6:12-17. In this passage, the Apostle Paul quotes a saying that was popular in Corinth in the first century… “I have the right to do anything.” He is not affirming this quote, but challenging it. How do you see our culture echoing this same quote when it comes to sexuality today, “I have the right to do anything?”
          6. In this passage, we are taught that our body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord. How can repetitive sexual sin damage our relationship with Jesus? How can our sexual choices change when we see our body as belonging to the Lord?
          7. Read:  1 Corinthians 6:18-20. What are specific and practical ways we can “Flee from sexual immorality?”
          8. What are specific and practical ways we can seek to “honor God with our bodies?”

 

Weekly Reading :: 7.6.14

On July 5, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPhilippians 4  (Focus on 4:10-13)
Monday1 Timothy 6  (Focus on 6:6-10)
Tuesday1 Timothy 6  (Focus on 6:17-19)
WednesdayProverbs 30  (Focus on 30:7-9)
ThursdayMatthew 6  (Focus on 6:25-34)
Friday 2 Corinthians 9  (Focus on 9:6-8)
SaturdayProverbs 11 (Focus on 11:24-25)

Can I love and follow Jesus if I still have questions about faith and struggles in my life?

View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect:
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!.” (Mark 9:24)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God that he welcomes us to come to Him with doubts, fears, and struggles. Ask God to help you overcome fear and doubt as you grow in your faith. Pray for a friend or family member who is resisting coming to Jesus because of their doubts and struggles.

“Live It!” Challenge – Being Honest:
The next time you are talking with someone who does not believe in Jesus because of their doubts, be honest and share a struggle you have and a doubt you still deal with. But, also tell them that you believe in Jesus, love Him, and walk with Him, even with your doubts.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Tell about a doubt or struggle you faced at one point in your faith journey and how God has helped you find answers to your doubt or peace within the struggle.
      2. Read: John 1:23 and 29-30 and Matthew 11:2-3 . What do you learn about John the Baptist through these two passages?
      3. How can a person be confidant of who Jesus is and also still have questions and struggles?
      4. Why is it important that we affirm what we know and are certain of about Jesus as we keep learning more about Him? How has your knowledge of Jesus and trust in him grown over the time you have been a Christian?
      5. Read: Matthew 16:15-16 and 26:70-74. What do you learn about Peter in these two passages?
      6. If someone wanted to scold Peter for his three denials of Jesus, what would you say in defense of Peter? How could he be so confident in one moment and so fickle in another?
      7. What are ways we can declare love for Jesus and confidence in who He is, and still act or speak in ways that make us look like we don’t know Him?
      8. Read: Ephesians 2:4-10 Why is it essential that we embrace grace and know that our salvation is based on God’s goodness and not our good works? Why is it dangerous to think or act like we can be saved by the good things we do?
      9. What is a real struggle you are facing today and how can your group members pray for you and help support you as you walk through this challenging time?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPhilippians 4  (Focus on 4:10-13)
Monday1 Timothy 6  (Focus on 6:6-10)
Tuesday1 Timothy 6  (Focus on 6:17-19)
WednesdayProverbs 30  (Focus on 30:7-9)
ThursdayMatthew 6  (Focus on 6:25-34)
Friday 2 Corinthians 9  (Focus on 9:6-8)
SaturdayProverbs 11 (Focus on 11:24-25)

Can I love and follow Jesus if I still have questions about faith and struggles in my life?

View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect:
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!.” (Mark 9:24)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God that he welcomes us to come to Him with doubts, fears, and struggles. Ask God to help you overcome fear and doubt as you grow in your faith. Pray for a friend or family member who is resisting coming to Jesus because of their doubts and struggles.

“Live It!” Challenge – Being Honest:
The next time you are talking with someone who does not believe in Jesus because of their doubts, be honest and share a struggle you have and a doubt you still deal with. But, also tell them that you believe in Jesus, love Him, and walk with Him, even with your doubts.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Tell about a doubt or struggle you faced at one point in your faith journey and how God has helped you find answers to your doubt or peace within the struggle.
      2. Read: John 1:23 and 29-30 and Matthew 11:2-3 . What do you learn about John the Baptist through these two passages?
      3. How can a person be confidant of who Jesus is and also still have questions and struggles?
      4. Why is it important that we affirm what we know and are certain of about Jesus as we keep learning more about Him? How has your knowledge of Jesus and trust in him grown over the time you have been a Christian?
      5. Read: Matthew 16:15-16 and 26:70-74. What do you learn about Peter in these two passages?
      6. If someone wanted to scold Peter for his three denials of Jesus, what would you say in defense of Peter? How could he be so confident in one moment and so fickle in another?
      7. What are ways we can declare love for Jesus and confidence in who He is, and still act or speak in ways that make us look like we don’t know Him?
      8. Read: Ephesians 2:4-10 Why is it essential that we embrace grace and know that our salvation is based on God’s goodness and not our good works? Why is it dangerous to think or act like we can be saved by the good things we do?
      9. What is a real struggle you are facing today and how can your group members pray for you and help support you as you walk through this challenging time?

Weekly Reading :: 6.29.14

On June 29, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 16:13-20 26:31-3526:69-75John 21:15-19 (Peter)
MondayJohn 1:19-42; Matthew 11:1-1914:1-12  (John the Baptist)
TuesdayJohn 11:1-16; John 20 (Thomas)
WednesdayLuke 10:38-42; John 11:17-44  (Mary and Martha)
ThursdayMatthew 17:14-21; 26:14-3526:47-56 (The Disciples)
Friday Matthew 26:36-46; 17:1-13  (Peter, James and John)
Saturday2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10 (The Apostle Paul)

If God is loving, how can He allow evil and suffering in the world?

View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect:
“For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you to lean on him in times of pain and suffering. Even in the midst of suffering, we can come to God and lament our loss and pain. Continue to thank God for what he has given you amidst your struggles and ask for strength for yourself and others as they traverse this broken world.

“Live It!” Challenge – Great Books:
If you want to grow your ability to have strength through pain and suffering you may want to try reading a few different resources on the topic. For a basic introduction, Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper, or Walking through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller. For those of you who want the difficult challenge of looking at it from a philosophical perspective, give God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga or Making Sense Out of Suffering by Peter Kreeft a try.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Tell about a time when you or someone you loved suffered great pain or suffering. How did this season cause you to draw nearer to God or repel you away from Him?
      2. Read: Romans 5:3-5. How have you found the message of this passage to be true in your own life? How has pain and suffering shaped you to be the person you are today?
      3. James, the brother of Jesus, was eventually stoned to death for his beliefs in Christ the Messiah. Read: James 1:2-4. How can we live out this attitude in the midst of pain and suffering?
      4. What are some of the “simple” answers Christians can give to very big question of why pain and suffering exists? Why is this unhelpful and how can we give more thoughtful answers to these questions?
      5. How can we come alongside of people that we love amidst their own personal suffering? What are some ways that people have supported or offended you in times of hurt?
      6. How does Christ’s own suffering give us consolation in the midst of our own struggles? How can you focus on Jesus and his suffering when you are in a time of pain and loss?
      7. What prayer needs do you have in your life right now? Ask your group to share prayer requests and spend time in prayer for one another.

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 16:13-20 26:31-3526:69-75John 21:15-19 (Peter)
MondayJohn 1:19-42; Matthew 11:1-1914:1-12  (John the Baptist)
TuesdayJohn 11:1-16; John 20 (Thomas)
WednesdayLuke 10:38-42; John 11:17-44  (Mary and Martha)
ThursdayMatthew 17:14-21; 26:14-3526:47-56 (The Disciples)
Friday Matthew 26:36-46; 17:1-13  (Peter, James and John)
Saturday2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10 (The Apostle Paul)

If God is loving, how can He allow evil and suffering in the world?

View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect:
“For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you to lean on him in times of pain and suffering. Even in the midst of suffering, we can come to God and lament our loss and pain. Continue to thank God for what he has given you amidst your struggles and ask for strength for yourself and others as they traverse this broken world.

“Live It!” Challenge – Great Books:
If you want to grow your ability to have strength through pain and suffering you may want to try reading a few different resources on the topic. For a basic introduction, Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper, or Walking through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller. For those of you who want the difficult challenge of looking at it from a philosophical perspective, give God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga or Making Sense Out of Suffering by Peter Kreeft a try.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Tell about a time when you or someone you loved suffered great pain or suffering. How did this season cause you to draw nearer to God or repel you away from Him?
      2. Read: Romans 5:3-5. How have you found the message of this passage to be true in your own life? How has pain and suffering shaped you to be the person you are today?
      3. James, the brother of Jesus, was eventually stoned to death for his beliefs in Christ the Messiah. Read: James 1:2-4. How can we live out this attitude in the midst of pain and suffering?
      4. What are some of the “simple” answers Christians can give to very big question of why pain and suffering exists? Why is this unhelpful and how can we give more thoughtful answers to these questions?
      5. How can we come alongside of people that we love amidst their own personal suffering? What are some ways that people have supported or offended you in times of hurt?
      6. How does Christ’s own suffering give us consolation in the midst of our own struggles? How can you focus on Jesus and his suffering when you are in a time of pain and loss?
      7. What prayer needs do you have in your life right now? Ask your group to share prayer requests and spend time in prayer for one another.

Weekly Reading :: 6.8.14

On June 7, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 6
MondayExodus 17
TuesdayNumbers 13
WednesdayNumbers 14
ThursdayGenesis 15
FridayEzekiel 2Daniel 10:10-21
SaturdayJohn 14

Aren’t All Religious Expressions Equally Valid Paths to God?

View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Prayer Direction:  Ask Jesus to help you see His unique beauty, love, and presence in our world. Pray for local Christian churches to be faithful in presenting Jesus as the one and only way to the Father. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you think clearly and logically about who Jesus is and what He has done.

“Live It!” Challenge – Read a Book: There is a powerful book called The Reason for God by Timothy Keller. Consider getting this book and reading it as we walk through the summer.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. We live in a world of options. And, we don’t like to say other people are wrong about their personal tastes, likes, and even beliefs. Why are we so careful and cautions about claiming someone else is wrong, or declaring that we are right?
      2. In the Old Testament, God said that other religious expressions were wrong! Read: Exodus 2:1-6 and Isaiah 43:10-13 . God was clear that He was the only true God. What do these passages teach about How the God of the Bible sees Himself?
      3. If these passages are true, what does this say about religions that claim other gods?
      4. In the New Testament, Jesus makes a number of exclusive claims. Read: John 11:23-27, John 10:7-10, and John 14:1-7. What do these passages teach us about how Jesus viewed himself?
      5. If these claims are true, what does this say to people who claim there are many ways to God and to heaven?
      6. If the claims of Jesus were not true, what does this say about Jesus? How should people respond to Jesus if He made these kinds of claims but they are not true?
      7. If all that Jesus claimed is true, how should we:
        • Follow Him
        • Worship Him
        • Share His truth with others

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 6
MondayExodus 17
TuesdayNumbers 13
WednesdayNumbers 14
ThursdayGenesis 15
FridayEzekiel 2Daniel 10:10-21
SaturdayJohn 14

Aren’t All Religious Expressions Equally Valid Paths to God?

View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Prayer Direction:  Ask Jesus to help you see His unique beauty, love, and presence in our world. Pray for local Christian churches to be faithful in presenting Jesus as the one and only way to the Father. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you think clearly and logically about who Jesus is and what He has done.

“Live It!” Challenge – Read a Book: There is a powerful book called The Reason for God by Timothy Keller. Consider getting this book and reading it as we walk through the summer.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. We live in a world of options. And, we don’t like to say other people are wrong about their personal tastes, likes, and even beliefs. Why are we so careful and cautions about claiming someone else is wrong, or declaring that we are right?
      2. In the Old Testament, God said that other religious expressions were wrong! Read: Exodus 2:1-6 and Isaiah 43:10-13 . God was clear that He was the only true God. What do these passages teach about How the God of the Bible sees Himself?
      3. If these passages are true, what does this say about religions that claim other gods?
      4. In the New Testament, Jesus makes a number of exclusive claims. Read: John 11:23-27, John 10:7-10, and John 14:1-7. What do these passages teach us about how Jesus viewed himself?
      5. If these claims are true, what does this say to people who claim there are many ways to God and to heaven?
      6. If the claims of Jesus were not true, what does this say about Jesus? How should people respond to Jesus if He made these kinds of claims but they are not true?
      7. If all that Jesus claimed is true, how should we:
        • Follow Him
        • Worship Him
        • Share His truth with others

Weekly Reading :: 6.1.14

On May 31, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 3:13-17; 17:1-17; 16:13-20; 26:57-64
MondayJohn 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-23; Revelation 1:12-18
TuesdayPhilippians 2:1-11; John 20:24-29; Revelation 22:12-17
WednesdayHebrews 1; Exodus 3:13-15; John 8:58
ThursdayJohn 14:5-14; John 6:25-59
FridayJohn 3:1-21; Luke 7:36-50
SaturdayMatthew 14:22-36; John 9:35-41; Matthew 28

Intellectual Barriers to Faith
Are Intellectual Pursuits and Faith Friends or Foes?

View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect: “As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures…” (Acts 17:2)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you think deeply and logically about your faith and discover that reason and faith can be great friends! Thank God for your mind and ability to think rationally. Invite the Holy Spirit to fill your mind and direct your thoughts.

“Live It!” Challenge – Check Out RZIM : If you want to grow your ability to think deeply about your faith, watch one or two videos of Ravi Zacharias. He is a committed Christian who speaks on University campuses and in intellectual settings all over the world. Just do a You Tube search for: Ravi Zacharias and you will find many videos.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Tell about a very smart Christian you know. How does this person embrace both serious intellectual integrity and authentic faith in Jesus?
      2. Tell about a person you know who is very bright and who is not a follower of Jesus. What are some of the intellectual barriers that this person faces?
      3. Read Acts 17:16-34 How do you see Paul embracing both intellect and faith in his efforts to reach out to the great thinkers of his day? What do you learn from his example?
      4. How does Paul affirm and speak kindly to these people and not mock or belittle them? What can we learn from his example and the spirit in which Paul communicated?
      5. What were some of the different responses people had to Paul and how is this a picture of how people might respond to us today? Why is it important for Christians today to be ready for warm and gracious responses and also resistance and hostility?
      6. What are some of the “simple” answers Christians can give to very big and complex questions? Why is this unhelpful and how can we give more thoughtful answers to these questions?
      7. Read Matthew 22:34-40 What do you think Jesus is talking about when he calls us to love God with our minds? What are ways we can grow, develop, and use our minds for the glory of Jesus?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 3:13-17; 17:1-17; 16:13-20; 26:57-64
MondayJohn 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-23; Revelation 1:12-18
TuesdayPhilippians 2:1-11; John 20:24-29; Revelation 22:12-17
WednesdayHebrews 1; Exodus 3:13-15; John 8:58
ThursdayJohn 14:5-14; John 6:25-59
FridayJohn 3:1-21; Luke 7:36-50
SaturdayMatthew 14:22-36; John 9:35-41; Matthew 28

Intellectual Barriers to Faith
Are Intellectual Pursuits and Faith Friends or Foes?

View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect: “As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures…” (Acts 17:2)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you think deeply and logically about your faith and discover that reason and faith can be great friends! Thank God for your mind and ability to think rationally. Invite the Holy Spirit to fill your mind and direct your thoughts.

“Live It!” Challenge – Check Out RZIM : If you want to grow your ability to think deeply about your faith, watch one or two videos of Ravi Zacharias. He is a committed Christian who speaks on University campuses and in intellectual settings all over the world. Just do a You Tube search for: Ravi Zacharias and you will find many videos.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Tell about a very smart Christian you know. How does this person embrace both serious intellectual integrity and authentic faith in Jesus?
      2. Tell about a person you know who is very bright and who is not a follower of Jesus. What are some of the intellectual barriers that this person faces?
      3. Read Acts 17:16-34 How do you see Paul embracing both intellect and faith in his efforts to reach out to the great thinkers of his day? What do you learn from his example?
      4. How does Paul affirm and speak kindly to these people and not mock or belittle them? What can we learn from his example and the spirit in which Paul communicated?
      5. What were some of the different responses people had to Paul and how is this a picture of how people might respond to us today? Why is it important for Christians today to be ready for warm and gracious responses and also resistance and hostility?
      6. What are some of the “simple” answers Christians can give to very big and complex questions? Why is this unhelpful and how can we give more thoughtful answers to these questions?
      7. Read Matthew 22:34-40 What do you think Jesus is talking about when he calls us to love God with our minds? What are ways we can grow, develop, and use our minds for the glory of Jesus?
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